33 40 largeThe Huguenots of Spitalfields

This Festival is being held to celebrate the contribution of the Huguenots to Spitalfields and to raise funds for a permanent memorial commemorating their life and work.

Advisers
Dr Tessa Murdoch, Deputy Keeper, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass at the V&A Museum
Kathryn Michael and Elizabeth Randall, The Huguenot Society
Rev Andy Rider, Rector of Christ Church Spitalfields
Dan Cruickshank, architectural historian of the Spitalfields Trust
Michael Spencer, Sound Strategies
Website: Philip Butler, Webdesco
Press - Richenda Oldham, PR
Coordinator - Joy Halligan
Fund Raising - Maggie Mooge
Bank: Santander
Treasurer - Lisa-Raine Hunt

We would like to thank the following participating organisations:
V&A Museum, Museum of London, Bishopsgate Institute, Guildhall Library, Clockmakers' Museum, Denis Severs House, Sandys Row Synagogue, The Town House, The English Restaurant, A. Gold, Christ Church Spitalfields, Spitalfields Market, Stitches in Time, Royal College of Art, Spitalfields Trust, The Huguenot Society, Sir John Cass Primary School, West Dean Tapestry Studio, London Metropolitan Archives, The French Hospital, Spitalfields Music and the many individuals who have helped to make this project happen.

Brocaded satin in coloured silks - Courtesy of V&A Museum2013 is the year of two significant anniversaries in the intertwined history of the Spitalfields district in London and the silk weaving industry created by the Huguenots.

It is the 250th anniversary of the death of Anna Maria Garthwaite  (1690-1763), an outstanding English textile designer who played an important part in the story of the Spitalfields silk weavers.

It is also the 415th anniversary of the signing of the Edict of Nantes, on 13th April 1598. This decree by Henry IV of France served as a guarantee to the Protestant Huguenots that their rights to worship would be respected. However, it was later revoked by Louis XIV in 1685 with the result that large numbers of French protestants fled to England to escape persecution. Over twenty thousand settled in Spitalfields where there was already an established weaving community.

In April 2013 the first Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival marked these prominent anniversaries.

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